Christian Aid Week 2020 has begun, taking place from Sunday 10th to Saturday 16th May. But this year will be a different, digital campaign of prayer and action.
Since 1957, the week has brought communities together in action and prayer. Think of Christian Aid Week and you might picture red envelopes through doors, plant sales, Big Brekkies, banners in front of churches, special services and much more. Obviously, the coronavirus pandemic has made this year’s campaign different, but churches across the diocese are still being invited to stand in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable people in new and innovative ways.
Supporters can be involved from their own homes via daily quizzes and live-streamed worship, or send an electronic donation envelope (e-envelope) to friends and family. These virtual resources can be found here.
A fundraising quiz featuring former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Gogglebox’s Kate Bottley and Rev Giles Fraser as quiz masters saw more than 500 teams. This, as well as all the quizzes taking place this week, can be found on Christian Aid’s Facebook page.
Some groups are arranging online plant sales, while others are doing sponsored runs, cycles or walks in their daily outdoor exercise or in their own homes and gardens. Some are also taking part in a ‘300,000 Steps in May Challenge’ which will be run through Facebook.
Christian Aid Week manager Sophie Brightwell said: “Coronavirus is teaching us what it feels like to feel vulnerable, to fear, to be separated and experience scarcity.
“It is at times like these – testing and painful times – that we recognise we are all in this together. Coronavirus impacts everyone, but love unites us all. Christian Aid Week has always been a joyful celebration of what we can achieve together for the world’s poorest people and in this time of global crisis Christian Aid’s work is needed as much as ever before.
Christian Aid’s Church Engagement and Fundraising Officer for the East Midlands Tom Wyke, said: “In recent weeks, we have been overwhelmed by the messages from our fundraising community, looking for guidance on how they can support us.
“It will be a different Christian Aid Week but with all the great hallmarks that we recognise of compassion, love and vision for a more just, equitable and healthy world. Please join us if you can.”
To explore ideas about how to celebrate Christian Aid Week digitally, call the Christian Aid churches support team on 01925 573769 or visit caweek.org/virtualresources.
Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. Visit https://www.christianaid.org.uk for further information.